Locale launches espresso art competition

Melbourne’s Locale Coffee is launching an espresso art competition, the Locale Art Project, from 1 September to 5 October.

The competition aims to encourage coffee lovers across Australia to create their own works of art using nothing more than espresso coffee.

Launching nationally and supported by venues across the country, the Locale Art Project will call on aspiring artists and enthusiasts to visit a coffee outlet serving Locale espresso, and be supplied with a kit containing brushes and parchment alongside a ristretto and an espresso.

Melbourne cafes already signed up to support the event include 5 Lire, Auburn Rose, Arno Espresso, Son of a Pizzaiolo, Henry & The Fox, Firechief, Common Man and The Crooked Fork.

Participants are invited to upload photos of their artwork with the hashtag #localeartproject to Instagram, Facebook or the Locale website.

The submissions will be put before a national judging panel of artists and others before the chosen pieces are sold in an online charity auction from 10 – 20 October.

Proceeds from the art auction will go to Cafesmart, a charity supporting grassroots organisations working in the homelessness sector.

A series of exhibitions will be in held in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne to display the art from the competition.

Melbourne-based artist Lorraine Heller-Nicholas has been commissioned to provide two pieces of art painted with coffee to provide inspiration.

The prize for the winning piece of art includes a six month supply of Locale coffee and a La Marzocco Mini coffee machine in matte black. The prize is valued at almost $5000.

Launch events will take place as follows on 10 October at Locale Lab in Netural Bay, New South Wales; 12 October at Art House Café in Perth, Western Australia, and 14 October at the Locale Lab in Abbotsford, Victoria.

For more information visit localeespresso.com.au/the-lab/

Image credit: Andy & Angel coffeeart.com

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